Leeds Welcomes A New Concept In Italian Dining

A brand new concept in Italian dining has opened its doors in Leeds, promising to bring authentic Italian cuisine and atmosphere to the city centre.

VINeataly, based in Granary Wharf, aims to recreate the traditional enoteca gastronomic, an Italian wine bar that focuses as much on great food as it does on fine wine. Rustic yet contemporary, VINeataly is owned by Milan-born Mattia Boldetti, also owner of the award-winning Diva Italiana Bar and Trattoria in Pudsey.

What stands VINeataly apart from others in the city centre is its commitment to giving each and every customer a real experience of Italy, whatever time they visit and whatever reason they are visiting, be it for a coffee, a light lunch, a cocktail or a three course meal.

Unlike many big chain coffee houses, VINeataly uses a traditional hand-pulled method to make the perfect cup of Italian coffee, perfected by its in-house barista. It has an onsite shop, selling a wide range of authentic artisan produce, such as handmade pastas, pasta sauces and oils, to name a few. This complements the owner’s commitment to sourcing and using ingredients which are made the traditional way to preserve flavour and authenticity.

It is also the first Italian-only deli in the city centre, allowing diners to take away some of the freshest ingredients and produce to enjoy at home, such as homemade lasagne, pasta al forno, speciality cheeses, breads and hams. And not forgetting olives.

But when it comes to wine, that’s when VINeataly really comes into its own. It is home to the only WineStation outside of London, an innovative by-the-glass wine dispenser which allows diners to serve themselves and sample some rare and expensive wines they may otherwise not have been able to. The preservation system promises the perfect wine at the perfect temperature, served just as the grower intended.

And if guests like what they taste, they can buy their favourite bottle from the wine shop, which also features VINeataly’s own branded wine.

Mattia Boldetti, owner, said: “We are extremely excited to have brought this concept to the city centre. We wanted to recreate some of the most rustic, charming, authentic and traditional enotecas in Italy in a contemporary location, and Granary Wharf was the perfect place for this.

“We believe that to recreate authenticity, you have to remain true to the methods you use and the ingredients you source. This is what makes us different. We may look contemporary from the outside, and we are, but the restaurant remains very much rooted in traditional ingredients, recipes and methods.

“There is still a lot to come, not least the launch of our second accredited sommelier course in association with the UK Sommelier Association, the introduction of our Wine Club and the launch of a range of artisan beers. It is a very exciting time for us.”

VIneataly is located next to The Hop aqt Granary Wharf. It is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 12pm – 12pm. Visit www.vineataly.com for more information.

Image courtesy of David Lindsay.